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Archive of the posts written by author: Ron Letnes.
Oct
20

GUNS AND NEURAL CIRCUITRY

DISFUNCTIONAL UNION describes guns and neural circuitry. Like a marriage destined to disunion, yet wed by common neurosis. Author R. Douglas Fields writes in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, “Trump’s strategy does not target the neural circuitry of reason in the cerebral cortex. In the 2016…

Oct
3

ELECTION GUN SAFETY LETTER

Dear Faith Leader, We represent the Leadership Council of Protect Minnesota’s Interfaith Alliance for Gun Safety, and we are writing to invoke your partnership in the critical calling of gun violence prevention as we approach an historic election. As you are well aware,…

Sep
14

CHRISTIANITY MEANS POLITICS MATTERS

CHRISTIANITY MEANS POLITICS MATTERS. God does not will people to kill people. As people of faith, we are called to give witness to God’s will for life. God wills that all of us have life “abundantly”. Deuteronomy 30:19 reads “Choose life so that…

Sep
6

VIOLENT IDEOLOGICAL VALUES LEAD TO GUN VIOLENCE

DO VIOLENT IDEOLOGICAL VALUES LEAD TO GUN VIOLENCE? Here are four quotes that present violent values. Some are personal and some are political in nature. In both ways, I submit they light the matches for violence, and too often gun violence. “You never…

Aug
31

THE BIG PICTURE

THE BIG PICTURE of gun violence prevention (GVP) reveals many causal images demanding response. It is right to pass respectful gun safety laws because rightly focused laws save lives while respecting one’s legitimate right to purchase a weapon. Yet, we cannot stop with…

Jul
23

WAYS FORWARD

Our Zoom conversation focused on WAYS FORWARD for gun violence prevention. Those participating represented Protect Minnesota-Interfaith Alliance for Gun Safety, ENGAGE Public Witness of the SPAS, and some with relationships with Mom’s Demand Action. A friend from Colorado shared his concern. It was…

Jul
10

PROFESSIONS OF AN ENHANCED PATRIOT

As a Christian, I am an enhanced patriot. I enjoyed the 4th of July fireworks even though concerned about injuries and accidental fires. Yet the meaning of July 4th resonates. In college I majored in history-political science, learning the courage and reason it…

Jun
21

COMPASSIONATE COMPACT FOR THE COMMON GOOD

We have reached a fork in the road. In the words of the poet Robert Frost, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both . . . . I took the one less traveled by. And that…

Jun
14

TIMELY-TRUTHFUL LEADERSHIP

(Surrounded by COVID-19, 44 million people filing for unemployment, thousands of businesses shut-down, a clamor for structural change amidst racial realities, a demand for police reform, and a rise in gun violence, the United States is swimming in stormy electoral politics. Addressing such…

Jun
7

THE PHYSICS OF GUN VIOLENCE

The physics law I remember most clearly is: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” In football, a blocker is always pushed back in order to overpower the initial block and make a tackle. Arguments are a push and push.…

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